The Kew Plant Glossary

An Illustrated Dictionary of Plant Terms

Henk Beentje

The Kew Plant Glossary

Henk Beentje

Distributed for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

With Illustrations by Juliet Williamson
164 pages | 800 line drawings | 6 x 9 1/2 | © 2010
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9781842465295 Published February 2014

This accessible, comprehensive glossary covers all the descriptive terms for plants that one is likely to encounter in botanical writing, including everything from magazine articles to plant field guides, scientific papers, and monographs. An essential companion, it presents 3,600 botanical terms, accompanied by full definitions and detailed illustrations to aid in identification, all laid out in a clear, easy-to-use fashion. It will be indispensable for plant scientists, conservationists, horticulturists, gardeners, writers, and anyone working with plant descriptions, plant identification keys, floras, or field guides.

Bibliography and websites used

Botanical terms (incorporating 735 illustrations)
Grouped terms
    Three-dimensional shapes
    Two-dimensional shapes
    Division and branching
    Arrangement and direction
    Stems and roots
    Fruits and seeds
    Specialised terms for selected groups
    The Raunkiaer system
    Tree bark types
Colour terms
Review Quotes
Dominique Browning | The New York Times

“Catnip for the garden geek. But this fascinating, authoritative volume may seduce even the most casual browser into rolling around in Malpighian hairs, mamillated forms, petioloid tendencies, and xeric habitats.”

Caroline Bentley | American Gardener

The Kew Plant Glossary contains more than 4,100 botanical terms used to describe plants. If you've ever found yourself struggling to decipher the terms in a plant description, or would just like a simple explanation of the difference between spines and thorns, this little book will surely come in handy. Students and professionals in the plant sciences will find it equally useful.”

Marilyn K. Alaimo | Chicago Botanic Garden

“A vital tool for students and professionals in the field of botany.”

Systematic Botany

“This slim new volume provides another useful dictionary for plant biologists. It has an attractive layout and the price is a bargain. . . . The book also would make an excellent gift to students who recently have declared a major in plant biology or are soon to be handed their diplomas.”

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